Fifth grade students recently began their study of Medieval Art. They have been learning about visual narratives, and how art can tell a story, all year in art class. I introduced them to the 16th-century Stirling Castle in Scotland, where we discovered the beautifully carved Stirling Heads.
Each student was asked to create a ceramic plaque of.their personal hero. They listed three honorable qualities, three physical characteristics, and three symbols to describe their hero. Students first planned on paper before applying their design to clay.
Students used a slab-construction method to create a relief sculpture of their personal heroes. They added details with bits of clay and carvings. Each student created a ring a symbols around their hero.
Below is a video clip we watched in class to better experience the Stirling Castle:
Below is a video-demonstration of slab-construction:
Below are student examples, from start to finish:
"My dad is my hero because he helps me with homework, and he builds and flies planes."
"My mom is my hero because she works in a hospital, helps people, and she is very nice."
"My dad is my hero because he is smart, kind and fun."
"My grandma is my hero because she is very nice, always gives me candy, and cares for me when I am sick."
All of our fifth grade students will showcase their hero plaques at this year's "Night at the Gallery" district art show on Friday, May 2nd. We hope to see you there!
Last year the fifth grade class studied Greek and Roman pottery. We read famous stories from mythology and identified characters painted on the surface of plates and vases.
Our first project was to create a two-dimensional vase using black construction paper. Students chose the size and shape of their vase. Once the vase was constructed, students were asked to add an additional colored band of construction paper. Each student then drew a visual story on the band of color.
We completed the assignment with a study of the columns used in Greek and Roman architecture, ionic, doric and corinthian. Each student applied one of these shapes to create their own unique column and glued their vase to set on top.
After studying the pottery for weeks, students were ready to make their own. Each student created a small clay plate using slab construction, and a coil method to make the plate's foot. On the face of the plate, students carved original narrative scenes. Once the plates had been fired in the kiln, students began painting their designs. The finished plates were sealed with a clear gloss and displayed at Fine Arts Night.
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